Florida GOP Commits Delegate Fraud By Violating National Republican Party Rule 15(b)(2) In Awarding Romney All 50 State Delegates–Gingrich, Santorum and Paul Expected To Challege Winner Take All Scheme–Demands Proportional Awarding of Delegates–Videos

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Peter Frampton –  Breaking All The Rules

Florida Bucks GOP Rule, Changes Primary Date

The Rules of the Republican Party

RULE No. 15

Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of
Delegates and Alternate Delegates

Rule  15(b)(2)

“Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other meeting held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national convention which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis.”

RULE NO. 16

Enforcement of Rules

Rule 16 (a)

“If any state or state Republican Party violates The Rules of the Republican Party relating to 25 of 41 the timing of the election or selection process with the result that any delegate from that state to the national convention is bound by statute or rule to vote for a presidential nominee selected or determined before the first day of the month in which that state is authorized by Rule No. 15(b) to vote for a presidential candidate and/or elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates or alternate delegates to the national convention, the number of delegates to the national convention from that state shall be reduced by fifty percent (50%), and the corresponding alternate delegates also shall be reduced by the same percentage. Any sum presenting a fraction shall be increased to the next whole number. No delegation shall be reduced to less than two (2) delegates and a corresponding number of alternates.”

Gingrich Hits Romney After Losing Florida Primary

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The Rules of the Republican Party

As Adopted by the 2008 Republican National Convention September 1, 2008

*Amended by the Republican National Committee on August 6, 2010

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Florida May Not Be Committing Voter Fraud But They Sure Are Committing Delegate Fraud

Republican National Committee Approves 2012 Presidential Nominating Process

“…The Republican National Committee (RNC) approved the Temporary Delegate  Selection Committee’s proposed amendment to Rule No. 15(b) amending the 2012  presidential nominating process.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele praised the adoption of  the new amendment. “The decision by more than two-thirds of the Committee will  put our presidential nominating process on the right track and ensure that we  emerge from the primaries with the strongest Republican nominee possible to  defeat Barack Obama,” said Chairman Steele.

Revised Rule  No. 15(b) as Amended by the Temporary Delegate Selection Committee  Proposal

Rule No. 15: Election, Selection,  Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates

(b) Timing.

(1) No primary, caucus, or convention to elect,  select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior  to the first Tuesday in March in the year in which a national convention is  held.  Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin  their processes at any time on or after February 1 in the year in which  a national convention is held and shall not be subject to the  provisions of paragraph (b)(2) of this rule.

(2) Any presidential primary, caucus, convention,  or other meeting held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national  convention which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the  national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a  proportional basis.

(3) If the Democratic National Committee fails to  adhere to a presidential primary schedule with the dates set forth in Rule  15(b)(1) of these Rules (February 1 and first Tuesday in March), then Rule 15(b)  shall revert to the Rules as adopted by the 2008 Republican National  Convention.

Read more: http://www.gop.com/index.php/news/comments/republican_national_committee_approves_2012_presidential_nominating_process#ixzz1lKZLNXij

Gingrich memo on Florida delegate allocation

“…The essence of the issue is as follows: The Florida primary, which was binding, was held on January 31, 2012. This primary was held 60 days prior to the winner-take-all allowable date of April 1, 2012, as set by RNC Rules of the Republican Party.

August 6, 2010, which states: Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other meeting held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national convention which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis.

 Rule 16 then imposes penalties upon any unauthorized state which chooses to violate Rule 15(b) by holding binding primaries or caucuses prior to April 1, 2012. These penalties include a fifty percent reduction in the number of delegates and a prohibition against RNC members from the state serving as delegates or alternate delegates to the convention. Left unclear in the interaction of Rules 15(b)(2) and 16 is whether the RNC is required to impose proportional allocation of delegates for any state, such as Florida, which elected to violate the mandate that all binding primaries and caucuses held before April 1,

 straightforward language of Revised Rule 15(b)(2) would appear to indicate that proportional allocation in Florida is mandatory upon the RNC.

http://www.foxnews.com/interactive/politics/2012/02/01/gingrich-memo-on-florida-delegate-allocation/

Fla’s GOP delegates: Should it be 50 for Romney? Or 23 for Romney, 16 for Gingrich?

“…It only takes a registered Florida voter to file a challenge to Florida’s delegation and the RNC’s contest committee will take it up a week before the convention in August. Marc Cross, an Osceola state committeeman and Ron Paul supporter, months ago complained to the RNC about the winner-take-all question. Now Fox News reports that the Gingrich campaign is likely to encourage a challenge as well.

Here’s the memo from the Gingrich camp.

And here’s the RNC’s memo on the topic out today: …”

MEMORANDUM

TO:  RNC MEMBERS

FROM: BILL CROCKER, GENERAL COUNSEL    JOHN RYDER, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING SCHEDULE                    COMMITTEE

RE: FLORIDA DELEGATION TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION

DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012 ________________________________________________________________________

This memo is written to address some questions that have arisen regarding whether or not the Republican Party of Florida can send a delegation to the National Convention chosen pursuant to a winner-take-all rule, and the proper procedure to raise and address such questions.

At the 2008 Republican National Convention, the delegates approved Rule 10(d), which created a temporary delegate selection committee with the limited authority “to review the timing of the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates or alternate delegates pursuant to Rule No. 15(b)” and to make recommendations regarding such timing to the full RNC, which could adopt the committee’s proposal by a two-thirds vote.  The amended Rule 15(b) that was recommended by the committee and adopted by the RNC created three timing windows establishing the earliest dates on which states could hold primaries or caucuses to elect, select, allocate or bind delegates to the national convention:

No primary, caucus, or convention to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to the first Tuesday in March in the year in which the national convention is held.  Except, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin their processes at any time on or after February 1 in the year in which the national convention is held and shall not be subject to the provisions of paragraph (b)(2) of this rule. (Rule No. 15(b)(1))

Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other meeting held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national convention which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis. (Rule No. 15(b)(2))

By holding its primary on January 31, Florida has violated Rule 15(b).  Like the other states in violation, Florida is suffering the mandatory penalties under Rule 16: loss of fifty percent of its delegates and alternates, and the RNC members from Florida cannot serve as delegates.  In addition, the RNC Rules Committee imposed every available discretionary penalty – penalties related to convention seating, guest privileges and hotel location.  Thus, all of the penalties authorized under the Rules have been imposed on Florida.

With regard to proportionality, the RNC does not have the authority to intervene in a state’s primary plans beyond the imposition of the Rule 16 penalties.  A contest procedure exists for challenges to a state’s delegation or delegates.  The RNC cannot consider any issue regarding Florida’s delegation unless and until a proper contest is brought.  If a contest is properly and timely filed, the Committee on Contests and the RNC will have the opportunity to hear the contest and determine if there are any further steps to be taken beyond the penalties that have already been imposed.

We hope you find this information helpful in clearing up some of the questions that have been raised regarding the Florida primary.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/flas-gop-delegates-should-it-be-50-romney-or-23-romney-16-gingrich

GOP Scandal: Florida Violated Another Rule?

“…Most of you will remember that Florida, by moving its primary up to January, waived half of its delegates to the national convention.  As it now turns out, they may have violated another rule, and it stands to benefit Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, all to the detriment of Mitt Romney.  It seems that there is another rule that forbids “winner-take-all” primaries and caucuses prior to 1 April.  This is being covered by a variety of outlets, but Burns and Haberman at Politico have given in-depth coverage.

They have outlined the problem, and actually quoted the GOP rules:

“Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other meeting held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national convention which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis. (Rule No. 15(b)(2))” (emphasis mine)

Uh-oh Mitt. You see, if we are to accept that the Virginia GOP mustn’t change its rules to permit others who just missed qualification for the ballot access in that state, we must also conclude since the GOP is a party that follows its own rules, it must follow this one.  I have read accounts that the Gingrich camp is already pursuing this, as they should because as the Romney camp  hurries to remind us about Virginia, “rules are rules.”

http://markamerica.com/2012/02/02/gop-scandal-florida-violated-another-rule/

Gingrich to challenge Florida’s “winner take all” rule, demand proportional award of delegates

“…He’s got a case, I think. Simple rule: Every state that goes before April 1 is required to award its delegates proportionally. Florida was supposed to go after that date but moved up its primary in defiance of the RNC’s wishes. They were penalized by having half of their 99 delegates taken away — but for some reason, their “winner take all” rule was allowed to remain in effect despite the date change. So Romney ended up with 50 delegates last night while Gingrich got squat.

But maybe not for long:

The Newt Gingrich campaign is gearing up to challenge the results of the Florida Republican presidential primary based on the Republican National Committee’s own rules which state that no contest can be winner-take-all prior to April 1, 2012…

Fox News has learned exclusively that on Thursday, a Florida Gingrich campaign official will begin the process of trying to have the RNC rules enforced so that the Sunshine State delegates are distributed based on the percentage of the vote each candidate got.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus warned Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry of the violation in a December letter quoting the rule, “…’winner-take-all’ states cannot hold a primary or caucus before April 1, 2012.”

Newt’s goal here, of course, is to signal to his supporters that he’s in the race for the long haul by scrapping for every available delegate. If Florida used the simplest possible proportional rules instead of “winner take all,” Romney would win 23 delegates from his 46 percent last night and Newt would win 16 — reducing a 50-delegate margin to just seven in one fell swoop. Problem is, the RNC’s already punished Florida once for moving its primary up by taking half its delegates away; if they forced them to go proportional on top of that, it would be an additional sanction. So, to compromise, they could in theory restore all of Florida’s delegates and then award those proportionally. That would mean, obviously, 46 for Mitt and 32 for Newt for a margin of 14. Team Mitt will battle to preserve the current “winner take all” scenario, but as we get closer to the convention, Florida pols will inevitably start demanding that all of the state’s delegates be seated notwithstanding its violation of RNC rules. (The same thing happened in the 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary, you may remember. Eventually the full Florida delegation was reinstated when the results of the primary became immaterial to Obama’s overall victory.) It’d be hard for the RNC under any circumstances to ignore claims that it’s disenfranchising swing-state Floridians by penalizing the state, but the convention this year is in … Tampa. Good luck telling half the Florida delegation to go home when they already are home. Which means if Mitt and Newt end up battling to the bitter end, the proportional scenario may be the compromise solution. …”

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/01/gingrich-to-challenge-floridas-winner-take-all-rule-demand-proportional-award-of-delegates/

Gingrich Challenges Florida’s Winner-Take-All Delegate Scheme

“…From the day Florida announced it  would flout Republican National Committee rules by holding a winner-take-all  primary prior to the permitted April 1 start date, it was predictable that a  loser of that contest was certain to complain.

Now, Newt Gingrich’s campaign has  announced he will complain.

Spokesman R.C. Hammond told  reporters Thursday that the campaign is sending a letter to the Florida  Republican Party asking it to comply with the RNC rules that require contests  held prior to April 1 to allocate delegates  proportionally.

If Florida were to allocate delegates on a  strictly proportional basis, Gingrich would be leading the delegate race right  now.

Gingrich lost the Florida GOP vote  Tuesday to Mitt Romney by 14 percentage points, 46 to 32. Under the  winner-take-all scheme adopted by the state party, Romney would get all 50  delegates, and Gingrich would get nothing. Under a strictly proportional  allocation formula, though, Romney would get only 23 delegates, while Gingrich  would get 16.

Add those to the delegates awarded  in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and  Gingrich would be leading Romney 39 to 32, rather than losing to him 59 to  23.

“The existing rules say that any  contest held before a certain date is awarded delegates proportionally,”  Hammond said. “They held their contest before that certain date. So we’re asking them to  enforce those rules.”

The Florida Republican party wasted  little time making clear what it thought of Gingrich’s proposal, pre-empting the  official request with a denial issued via press release. “All campaigns and the  RNC have known since [September] that Florida  was winner take all,” said Florida party Chairman Lenny Curry. “It is a  shame when the loser of a contest agrees to the rules before, then cries foul  after losing.”

Even if Florida rejects Gingrich’s plea, though, he has the option  of pursuing the matter with the RNC’s Contest Committee at the nominating  convention in Tampa this summer. There, as RNC Rules  Committee member John Ryder told NPR as early as November, a challenge could  well succeed, given the clarity of the rules that were adopted in August 2010 —  with the approval of Florida’s committee  members. …”

Gingrich Challenges Florida’s Winner-Take-All Delegate Scheme


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